The Guru Granth Sahib, known as the 'living guru,' is at the heart of Sikhism. It offers spiritual guidance, comfort, and a profound connection to the divine for millions of believers worldwide.
Origin & Compilation
Guru Granth Sahib, originally known as "Adi Granth", was compiled by Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Sikh Guru, in 1604 AD. Guru Arjan Dev Ji undertook the great task of collecting and organizing the songs, teachings and compositions of the Sikh gurus,and revered saints and devotees from various backgrounds. The result was a spiritual masterpiece that goes beyond time and culture .
The Guru Granth Sahib contains hymns composed by the ten Sikh gurus and contributions from Hindu and Muslim saints, reflecting the universal and inclusive nature of Sikhism.
Sikhs hold the Guru Granth Sahib in the highest regard because they consider it not just a book but a living embodiment of the Gurus themselves.
It is regarded as the eternal guru and is given the same respect and reverence as a human guru.
Sikhs look to Guru Granth Sahib for spiritual guidance, wisdom and comfort.
Teaching & Philosophy
The Guru Granth Sahib holds profound wisdom, covering various aspects of life, spirituality, and morality
Unity of God: Guru Granth Sahib emphasizes the belief in one formless and eternal God who is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.
Equality: The fundamental principle of Sikhism, equality, is prominent, rejecting discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, gender or social status.
Service (Seva): Selfless service to humanity is emphasized and this principle is exemplified by the concept of "Langar" - a community kitchen where free food is provided to all.
Simran (Meditation): A Sikh is encouraged to meditate and remember God through "Naam Simran" to achieve spiritual awakening.
Humility: Guru Granth Sahib teaches the value of humility and the importance of realizing one's own importance in the grand scheme of the universe.
Contentment: A Sikh is guided to find contentment and peace within himself regardless of external circumstances.
Recitation & Music
The Guru Granth Sahib is written in the Gurmukhi script and its hymns are often recited and sung with devotion. The melodious and rhythmic recitation of Gurbani (Words of the Guru) is known as 'Kirtan'. The sacred hymns are set to various rags of classical music, creating a melodious and spiritually uplifting experience for the devotees.
Rituals & Worship
Sikh worship The Guru Granth Sahib , which is placed on a raised platform in every gurdwara showing its importance & significance. Devotees gather to listen to the recitation of Gurbani, offer prayers and meditate, seeking the blessings of the guru.
The Guru Granth Sahib plays a central role in Sikh life events, including weddings and naming ceremonies.
The teachings of Guru Granth Sahib goes beyond religious boundaries and provide guidance for a meaningful and compassionate life.
Its wisdom and universal message of love, unity and devotion to God inspire people all over the world, regardless of their faith.
Guru Granth Sahib is not only a scripture but also a living, guiding light for Sikhs and a source of profound wisdom for all mankind.Its teachings have not only shaped Sikhism, but have also touched the lives of countless people seeking wisdom, peace and a deeper connection with the divine .
In the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhs find not only scriptures but also a living guru, which guides them on the path of truth, humility and spiritual fulfillment.